WORKSHOP with Tamás Szvet as part as the
Light Art Exhibition, ひかりアート展
Akiyoshidai International Art Village
Akiyoshi, Shuho-cho, Mine-city, Yamaguchi Prefecture / JAPAN

The workshop organized by the Akiyoshidai International Art Village, as part as the Light Art Exhibition in 2017. The technique – I refer in the workshop - based on a mirror called makyo. This magic mirror is an ancient art that can be traced back to (206 BC – 24 AD). The mirrors were made out of solid bronze. The front is a shiny polished surface and could be used as a mirror, while the back has a design cast in the bronze. When bright sunlight or other bright light reflects onto the mirror, the mirror seems to become transparent. If that light is reflected from the mirror towards a wall, the pattern on the back of the mirror is then projected onto the wall.

During the workshop we used simple mirrors. The workshop mixed traditional technique, (such as paper-cut), and recent technology (cell phone). The participant’s created images related to the topic of light, and the region. After the drawing, they cut out the shapes from paper, which glued into mirror surface. After the creation, we installed the mirrors in a dark room, and projected the positive picture into the space with a help of the mobile phone flash. When we took the photo, the reflection of the mirror projected the light into the wall, and the camera itself created its own image.

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